Originally published on The Empty Path: Nonaligned faith and practice in the present
American culture has been fixated from the start on two principles inherited from the 17th century English society that established the colonies: the mandate to cure physical, social, and moral ills, and the primacy of ownership.
Whether Puritan, Catholic, or… Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 12th mo. 3, 2018 at 12:30pm —
Republished on Quaker Universalist Conversations
by permission of Mary Klein, editor of Western Friend…
Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 30, 2018 at 9:41am —
Republished from The Empty Path: Nonaligned faith and practice in the present.
There ain’t no good guys, there ain’t no bad guys.
There’s only you and me and we just disagree. — Dave Mason
What is it we all fear? We fear what our culture—or, rather, whatever part of our culture we pay attention to—tells us…
Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 4, 2018 at 4:00pm —
The Quaker Universalist Reader Number 1: A Collection of Essays, Addresses and Lectures, edited by Quaker Universalist Fellowship Editors (1986; republished in eBook Format, 2017).
NOTE: This is the first of three Quaker Universalist Readers now republished in eBook format. All three volumes are… Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 10th mo. 3, 2018 at 12:00pm —
Originally published on the Quaker Universalist Fellowship blog (6/30/18)
Amid the wide global turmoil stirred by America’s current flexing of authoritarian nationalism, a deeper spiritual turmoil has been brought to light by the current administration’s use of the apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans.
There is a willful… Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 7th mo. 1, 2018 at 7:16am —
Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations on April 5, 2018.
Added by Mike Shell on 4th mo. 16, 2018 at 9:08am —
Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations,
the blog of Quaker Universalist Fellowship, on March 22, 2018.
Added by Mike Shell on 4th mo. 3, 2018 at 2:38pm —
Excerpts from the Friends Journal interview
Republished from the blog of Quaker Universalist Fellowship @… Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 11, 2018 at 7:00am —
Added by Mike Shell on 1st mo. 24, 2018 at 9:26pm —
Sallie B. King, Professor of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, is the author of many books and articles on Buddhism, Quakerism, interfaith dialogue, and the cross-cultural philosophy of religion.…
Added by Mike Shell on 11th mo. 25, 2017 at 5:36pm —
In May of 2016, Quaker Universalist Conversations published Winston Davis’ essay “Religion, In a Nutshell.” The following essay was just published on February 5th.
The World After Truth
“You shall know the truth, and the truth will…
Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 7, 2017 at 9:36am —
The poet Jalaluddin Rumi writes of night travelers who search the darkness instead of running from it, a companionship of people willing to know their own fear. (91)
When Things Fall Apart
Quaker Universalist Fellowship
What we are learning
Many modern… Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 1st mo. 27, 2017 at 10:30am —
First published on The Empty Path.
Many of us are chronically distressed by the suffering we see around us. It confronts us in the 24/7 news cycle, in social media, in what we pass on the street every day. We live with a longing to be rid of the pain and guilt that we experience in witnessing all of this… Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 1st mo. 27, 2017 at 9:39am —
Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations (1/1/17).
I had a dream a few days ago, one of those rare wholly unambiguous dreams. It was a flying dream, but that’s not the relevant feature, just a plot device.
I was returning…
Added by Mike Shell on 1st mo. 3, 2017 at 9:35am —
Originally published on Quaker Universalist Conversations
The Description, Checklist and Comments portions of this blog post are all available as a downloadable PDF file:…
Added by Mike Shell on 10th mo. 10, 2016 at 5:00pm —
I think we tend to miss the point of the teaching story misnamed “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37).
Almost always our focus is on the people who passed by the “man who fell among thieves” and the one who stopped, instead of on the framing questions by which Jesus signaled the living spirit of the story.
A lawyer asks Jesus how to attain eternal life. When Jesus challenges him to find… Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 8th mo. 30, 2016 at 10:47pm —
Quaker Universalist Fellowship has just posted Winston Davis’ extended article, “Religion, In a Nutshell,” on its Publications page.
The following blog post offers some excerpts from the new work and invites Friends to… Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 5th mo. 16, 2016 at 4:30pm —
Mary Coelho has spent several decades delving into the seemingly contradictory ways of understanding how the world of science and the religious can coexist and thrive.
After experiencing a mystical experience at age 29, she felt compelled to find an explanation for the experience. In fact, she had come to know experientially of a powerfully healing and attractive dimension of life not addressed in… Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 3rd mo. 13, 2016 at 5:00pm —
On the Quaker Universalist Fellowship blog, Larry Spears writes about Marilynne Robinson's new book, The Givenness of Things (2015).
Marilynne Robinson is the author of Gilead: A Novel (2004), which was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer…
Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 21, 2016 at 6:30pm —
A difficult and powerful testimony from Alison Leigh Lilly (http://alisonleighlilly.com/about/).
Please read Alison's whole blog post at… Continue
Added by Mike Shell on 12th mo. 5, 2015 at 4:30pm —